PM Khan cuts ribbon to launch AirSial

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – December 10, 2020
SIALKOT: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan, Wednesday, said his government follows the policy of industrialising and incentivising industry by bringing ease of doing business to increase investment and thus alleviate poverty and uplift the backward areas.

According to a press release, the PM was addressing the business community after inauguration of AirSial, the private airline launched by Sialkot’s business community.

He mentioned his government is striving to revive industrialisation, as the only method to alleviate poverty and achieve inclusive growth is through wealth creation.

PM Khan said the industrialisation will help uplift the neglected areas like Gilgit Baltistan (GB), merged tribal areas and southern Punjab.

Exemplifying China for steering 700 million people out of poverty through industrialisation, he said the country was now executing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to connect less-developed areas with sea, through Gwadar, for their uplift.

PM Khan said he believes no country can prosper without inclusive and equal growth.

Calling Sialkot’s business community as “most vibrant” for launching their own airline after an airport and development of roads, the PM assured them to resolve all of their issues related to federal board of revenue (FBR), State Bank and utility companies within single meeting scheduled after two weeks.

PM Khan congratulated Sialkot business community for the new airline which he hoped will create a competitive atmosphere for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to bring efficiency in services.

“This is a tremendous initiative. The business community knows how to run the airport and airline. It will benefit Sialkot and Pakistan in every aspect,” he hoped.

The PM told the business community that his government faced difficult times during Covid-19 (coronavirus) but successfully navigated through them which was acknowledged by the world health organisation (WHO).

However, he grieved the opposition which earlier had advocated India-like blanket lockdown during first spike, was now holding public gatherings despite a sharp surge in second wave of cases.

Reiterating his call for observing precautions like face masks and social distancing, PM Khan said both the countries and economies can be saved only by adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He appreciated industries and production minister (IPM) Hammad Azhar and adviser to PM on commerce and investment (A-PM-CI) Abdul Razak Dawood for maintaining good interaction with the business community.

PM Khan said the encouragement and support to business community is in country’s interest and the government will fully assist the areas including Wazirabad, Gujrat and Sialkot to boost productivity and exports.

Moreover, he reiterated his government’s resolve to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

PM Khan announced to setup a Haripur like university in Sialkot, to train youth in engineering, technology and artificial intelligence for coping with the industrial needs.

He said his government is about to introduce a local government system after April to let cities directly elect their mayors to help resolve their municipal issues independently on the models of New York, Paris and London without the intervention of provincial governments.

PM Khan hoped the Sialkot business community which runs an airport, has launched an airline and constructs the roads will get an opportunity to administer their city more effectively.

The IPM Azhar, aviation minister (AM) Ghulam Sarwar, A-PM-CI Dawood, Punjab chief minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar and provincial cabinet members attended the event.